I am ever grateful for the time I get to spend with you and with your children. It is a blessing beyond compare and I enjoy every minute (yes, even those minutes).
On Weds., we had a wonderful winding down day. We did some reflection, talked about what we would love to do next semester and dove into some physics activities based on force, balance and motion. Ask your kids about balancing a crayfish made of card stock on their finger, using clothespins as counter-weights. And then ask them about the challenges involved in getting a pencil to balance on top of a craft stick, point-down. Hint: we used wire and paperclips to design counter-weights.
Thanks so much for getting your work journals turned in on-time! And filled out so well! It made a significant difference in the time I've spent processing them. You'll all get feedback on your work journals, most likely during my first week back in January.
Our next series of Wednesday Workshops (Jan. 16 - Apr. 10) will focus on:
- 9:15-12:00 - Exploring Aerodynamics
- Students will study air and air flow. They will design, build and test objects that move through the air. They will also learn about interesting people connected with the history of aerodynamics (researchers, engineers, adventurers, etc.) and write a biography.
- 12:45-3:15 - Leonardo's Workshop (based on Odyssey of the Mind)
- Student teams will work autonomously to create a performance based on the following prompt from the OotM website: "Imagine how inspiring Leonardo da Vinci’s workshop must have been. Teams will portray his workplace in an original, creative performance that includes LdV, a patron, and a naysayer. The team will recreate a da Vinci painting, make a three-dimensional representation of one of his works, and recreate another LdV work in any form the team wishes. There will also be an original “debunked” creation that LdV “invented” but discarded because it was mocked. Ironically, the item will be shown as something commonly used in modern times." There will be a public performance for families and guests, details TBA. If you want to understand more about the OotM approach, check out: https://www.odysseyofthemind.com/.
I am developing the content of our post-Spring Break WoW sessions, based on input from the Adventurers. I will announce the workshops in the late winter/early spring.
Here are some field trips to put on your calendar. Keep your eye on your inbox for invites with more details from SignUpGenius. Others are in the works.
- Fri. Jan. 18 at 9:15am - LA Opera performance at Pepperdine University
- Mon. Jan. 28 at 9:15 - Dan Zanes performance at Pepperdine University
- Tue. Feb. 12 at 9:15 - Meet-up at the Natural History Museum Homeschool Day
- Thu. Feb. 28 at 11:00 - Getty Villa
- Fri. Mar. 1 at 9:15 - Jazzy Ash performance at Pepperdine University
Don't Miss This! Weds., Jan. 16th 5-7pm in the Parent Center: CGI Math workshop with Nick Johnson. Nick is a top-notch supporter of math educators and is also the parent of 2 Connect students. I promise this will be an excellent use of your time. If you attend and disagree, I'll buy you a coffee.